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July Picks from Sisters in Crime: Crime from Sea to Shining Sea

July 1, 2019

Ah, July, a time of bright sunshine and warmer temperatures, a time when so many hit the road on vacation. But be careful, dear reader – crime never takes a vacation. For those of us who can’t get away, here’s a list of thrillers and mysteries to help escape the everyday grind. Each book takes…

June Picks from Sisters in Crime: Married to Danger

June 3, 2019

June brings warm weather and weddings – lots of weddings. But while love may be in the air, a dark heart may beat beneath the tulle and lace of a lovely wedding gown and happily ever after may be a prize hard won for even the most ardent lovers. Looking for that a perfect book…

Normal People By Sally Rooney

May 15, 2019

Opposites attract. In Carricklea, a small town in the west of Ireland, Connell and Marianne are both good students. That seems to be all they have in common. Connell is athletic and popular. Marianne is prickly, trying to be a Bohemian intellectual. He is from a single-parent household. There’s not much money but there is…

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

May 13, 2019

In the early-to-mid-1970s, American pop music entered a drowsy period of prog/glam/folk/soft-rock and heavy metal, a spell only sporadically broken until the arrival of punk and disco. Into this specific historical moment of musical malaise Taylor Jenkins Reid has sent her winsome and supercharged rock diva Daisy Jones to make the guitar boys drool and…

“Book Club Reboot: 71 Creative Twists” is ALA’s Newest Resource for Book Club Leaders

May 3, 2019

A new resource from ALA’s Public Programs Office is available for those whose book clubs need a little (or big) boost! Book Club Reboot-71 Creative Twists by Stephanie Saba and Sarah Ostman offers many creative and surprising ideas to help inspire book club organizers and leaders. Saba is a community program supervisor at San Mateo County…

May Picks from LibraryReads

May 2, 2019

Librarians around the country have voted these 10 titles as the May 2019 LibraryReads list! The Bride Test by Helen Hoang “On the autism spectrum, Khai doesn’t feel anything for anyone. His mother recruits Esme, a young Vietnamese woman, to marry him. A realistic, humorous romance that reveals the slow path to love and a…

May Picks from Sisters in Crime: Short Stories

May 2, 2019

Celebrate Short Story Month with Sisters in Crime Raise your hand if you’ve ever gone to a book club meeting without having finished the book. We’ve all been there – the demands of family and work can steal away precious reading time. Sometimes there isn’t time for more than a chapter or two of even…

Meet Max Joseph, Lover of Bookstores

May 1, 2019

Small, independent bookstores are growing in the U.S.! What better way to jump on the bandwagon than to enjoy the new short film, Bookstores, that chronicles Max Joseph — an award-winning filmmaker and reluctant reader — and his journey to solve how books fit into our modern content diet. Max Joseph’s new film Bookstores takes…

The Binding by Bridget Collins

April 15, 2019

If you are lucky enough to be in a book club, may I suggest you give The Binding by Bridget Collins a try? I think your club will find that this historical fantasy causes enthusiastic discussion. A short synopsis: As his name suggests, Emmett Farmer thinks his life will be one of toil on the…

Book Club Choices from LibraryReads: Speculative Fiction

April 12, 2019

LibraryReads is the monthly nationwide library staff picks list for adult fiction and non-fiction. Each month, staff in public libraries vote on their favorite upcoming books that they loved reading and cannot wait to share. The list represents a broad range of reading tastes and showcases a variety of new titles, including buzzed-about debuts, genre…

HOW TO BOOK CLUB

Find Books for a Book Club

There’s a question I always ask whenever I visit a book club: “What’s the best book you’ve ever discussed?” This is a surefire way to start a lively discussion, one that always begins with the books the group has enjoyed and inevitably transitions to those they haven’t. Eventually, the group will conclude that the best…

Find A Book Club

Joining a book club can seem impossible if you don’t know where to look but you’ll find like-minded book lovers at the following tried-and-tested places. BOOK CLUBS IRL The Library Always the best place for aspiring book clubbers to start. Head to the reference desk and ask the person there about book clubs she’s sure…

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